Africa Mercy crew get-together

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 29. Albany, AKLD. A fabulous chance for former AFM crew to catch up with those you served alongside. This informal dinner event is all about getting together to tell ship-tales, meeting up with old shipmates, laughing over old times. and catching up with new news. But … Read More

They called her BagFace

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Mary had endured years of her classmates’ taunting. “Bag face, bag face, bag face,” they shouted. A tumour covered her left eye, billowing over half her face. It made one side of her face droop down, and, as a result, Mary always looked sad. Day after day, the … Read More

The nurse’s tumour

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“It’s the largest tumour I’ve ever seen,” said the X-ray technician, watching as the massive tumour travelled across the computer screen. It belonged to Sonia, a 34-year old nurse. The growth stretched out from her left cheek and was the size of a human head. Sonia passed through … Read More

Africa Mercy crew get-together

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 29. Albany, AKLD. A fabulous chance for former AFM crew to catch up with those you served alongside. This informal dinner event is all about getting together to tell ship-tales, meeting up with old shipmates, laughing over old times. and catching up with new news. But … Read More

Deb Adesanya-Woman’s Day

The backstory: Caring for children recovering from major surgery was Deborah Adesanya’s assignment olunteering in the wards aboard the 16,000 tonne hospital ship, Africa Mercy. Some of her most poignant moments were with babies receiving surgery to correct birth defects like cleft lip and palate.  Most of her … Read More

The teacher’s burden

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It seemed like a small thing, so Lalao* paid scant attention to the small bump on her face. Instead of disappearing over time as she expected, the swelling on the Malagasy schoolteacher’s face grew and grew. Over 14 years the benign tumour developed until it resembled a huge … Read More

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